British Glass pioneers greenhouse gas data capture

Representatives from a range of UK and European industry trade organisations visited British Glass in Sheffield on 21 October 2004 to learn more about a revolution in the way greenhouse gas emissions …

Representatives from a range of UK and European industry trade organisations visited British Glass in Sheffield on 21 October 2004 to learn more about a revolution in the way greenhouse gas emissions data is collected and collated. In April 2001, the UK government introduced the Climate Change Levy as a tax on energy with the aim of cutting the UK“s greenhouse gas emissions. By entering into Climate Change Levy Agreements with Government and by meeting energy efficiency targets, industry can receive an 80% rebate on the levy. Glass manufacture is one of the sectors involved and British Glass, working with software developer NetConstruct, has pioneered a web-based method to collect data from its members in order to prepare the essential energy consumption information required by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). The system was demonstrated to DEFRA officials, trade sector organisations including the British Ceramic Confederation and the Scotch Whisky Association, and representatives from the European trade association for glass manufacturers. Gordon Watts, British Glass Climate Change Agreement Manager, said: “The new system has radically changed and improved the way we collect and report emissions data from our companies and made the process easier for our members. It greatly reduces the risk of data errors and provides both British Glass and its members with huge benefits in terms of convenience and efficiency.” “Any organisation that collects data from a wide membership will be familiar with the problems. We wanted to share best practice with other trade organisations involved in Climate Change Levy agreements and also our partner trade organisations in Europe.” British Glass (The British Glass Manufacturers“ Confederation) represents the interests of all sectors of the glass industry in the UK. Its main activity is in representing the industry at European, national and local level on a wide range of topical legislative issues. It also conducts independent research into all aspects of glass production and technology.